IT’S FIN FOR C.K. FILM OVER­SEAS

‘I Love You, Daddy’ pulled in France, Mid­dle East

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Louis C.K.’s new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” won’t be hit­ting screens over­seas, as in­ter­na­tional dis­trib­u­tors have pulled their in­tended re­leases amidst the sex­ual mis­con­duct scan­dal sur­round­ing the New­ton-bred co­me­dian.

Af­ter the film dis­tri­bu­tion out­fit The Or­chard nixed its do­mes­tic re­lease of “I Love You, Daddy” last week, all of the com­pany’s in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion part­ners have now de­cided to scrap their re­spec­tive re­leases abroad.

Gian­luca Chakra of Front Row En­ter­tain­ment, a lead­ing dis­trib­u­tor in the Mid­dle East, told Dead­line: “As much as we ac­knowl­edge Louis C.K.’s cre­ative and per­form­ing tal­ent … re­leas­ing the film in the Mid­dle East and North Africa would mean con­don­ing this type of be­hav­ior and for­get­ting the dam­age it has caused and still causes to the vic­tims re­gard­less of gen­der.”

France’s ARP Se­lec­tion is also can­cel­ing its Dec. 27 re­lease of “I Love You, Daddy,” be­cause “it’s not the same film for the viewer,” as Michele Hal­ber­stadt put it to Dead­line. “With what’s hap­pen­ing, it’s not pos­si­ble to re­lease it … I bought a film and if peo­ple see it (in the con­text of) today, they won’t see what we bought.”

The film’s re­leases in Scan­di­navia and Is­rael have also been shelved.

The movie, which C.K. made un­der wraps, was ini­tially go­ing to hit U.S. the­aters Fri­day. The Or­chard pulled the plug in light of The New York Times’ ex­pose pub­lished on Nov. 9 that fea­tured five women al­leg­ing that C.K. tried to mas­tur­bate in front of them.

C.K. is­sued a state­ment the fol­low­ing day, ad­mit­ting that the sto­ries were true and ex­press­ing re­morse.

But his apol­ogy has been met with crit­i­cism, in­clud­ing from “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey.

“He didn’t apol­o­gize,” Headey tweeted. “FULL STOP. He wrote some stuff that he thought would make peo­ple still think he’s funny. He ain’t.”

FX Net­works and FX Pro­duc­tions have cut ties with C.K. and they will no longer be work­ing with him on “Bet­ter Things,” “Bas­kets,” “One Mis­sis­sippi” and “The Cops.”

Net­flix, which was sup­posed to pro­duce two new stand-up spe­cials with C.K., an­nounced it would not do the sec­ond special that was to fol­low the “Louis C.K. 2017” that was re­leased in April.

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Amid sex­ual mis­con­duct claims, Louis C.K.’s new film, ‘I Love You, Daddy,’ has been shelved both in the U.S. and over­seas.

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